It should come as no surprise that alcohol is one of the most common vices. After all, you can get it just about anywhere. But that doesn’t make it safe, now does it? According to the 2015 NSDUH, 15.1 million adults ages 18 and up suffer from alcohol use disorder. Despite this statistic, booze remains legal. Meanwhile, weed, which is far less dangerous than alcohol, is illegal on a federal level. Even in states where the herb is legal, it’s still under scrutiny, turning the focus away from the real problem. So, it’s time to put alcohol in the spotlight. From being the fourth leading cause of death to its ability to destroy your brain, here are 10 reasons why weed is better than booze.
1. Alcohol is the real gateway drug
For years and years, weed has had the reputation of being a gateway drug. But there’s a new study that can confirm that alcohol is the real gateway drug. After observing the drug use of 14,577 American high school seniors from 120 schools, researchers at the University of Florida discovered that 72.2% had tried alcohol at least once. As for pot, they found that only 43.3% said that they’d used before.
2. Weed helps with hangovers that alcohol causes
Nausea, vomiting, splitting headache, you can expect it all when you wake up after a night of binge drinking. Thankfully, smoking some pot can help. It’s by no means a cure, but multiple studies show that weed is useful in treating nausea, among other things.
3. Alcohol is the fourth leading cause of death
According to the National Insitute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 88,000 people die every year from causes related to alcohol. Meanwhile, weed has never killed a single soul.
4. Weed isn’t the one destroying your brain
Some swear that marijuana will rot your brain. But there’s a new study that says otherwise. While the study found that booze causes adverse changes in brain structure, they did not find those changes in adolescents or adults that use the herb.
5. Alcohol leads to awkward mornings
As you know, alcohol impairs your judgment. While someone may look like a piece of fine china after several cocktails, it’s a totally different story when you wake up sober and roll over. Yikes.
6. Weed doesn’t send you to the bathroom a million times
Once you break the seal, there’s no turning back. Even just one beer can send you straight to the toilet. Before you know it, you’ve lost count of how many trips you’ve made. Weed, on the other hand, doesn’t do all that. Thank God.
7. Alcohol is hard to swallow
First of all, it doesn’t matter what anyone says, booze tastes disgusting, especially liquor. Why put yourself through that torture when you can smoke some herb and enjoy a flavor that’s far more pleasant?
8. Weed is medicinal
From depression to chronic pain, marijuana can treat a variety of conditions. But considering that some folks out there who actually value their lives have to jump through hoops to get it, it’s pretty insulting that anyone at the appropriate age can score some booze, which serves no purpose other than getting you drunk.
9. Alcohol puts drivers and everyone around them at danger
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 28 people die every single day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an impaired driver. That’s one death every 51 minutes. As for weed, it’s not 100% safe to get behind the wheel while stoned. But weed-related accidents are few and far between, and the ones that do occur are a result of combining both alcohol and pot.
10. Weed doesn’t lead violence
Of all the drugs out there, alcohol is the one responsible for most violent crimes. According to the NCADD, roughly 3 million violent crimes occur each year in which the victims report that the offender had been drinking at the time. Meanwhile, potheads will destroy a pizza, and that’s about it.